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The Cloud Commercial Complex


Located in the Longhua District of Shenzhen, the Cloud is a 7300 square-meter mixed-use commercial project located near the Shenzhen North Railway Station. Serving both the adjacent residential high-rises and the general public, the Cloud invigorates and enlivens a rapidly developing urban district and creates an iconic landmark that redefines the commercial experience.

Combining high-end retail spaces and cultural programs, the Cloud is a transformative indoor commercial street and an urban infrastructure that integrates nature and public amenities within the building and around the site. By conceiving the roof as a continuous public garden, the project extends the park in front of the site into the building to create a new civic space that enjoys sweeping views of the city.

The sinuous roof gardens on top are coupled with continuous indoor retail spaces encased within a series of organic forms. The shifting program plates are connected via bridges that take visitors through a series of unique spaces. These spaces include open-air and covered exterior conditions that maximize seasonal use. To maximize the response to local climate, the building provides ample exterior public spaces makes extensive use of exterior shading, passive cooling strategies, and planted landscapes.

As its name suggests, the Cloud is a dynamic structure that contains the tension between opposite directional forces while visually levitating above the ground plane. The form consists of six rotated platforms on at different heights connected through bridges. This linear configuration creates a clover-like series of spaces that spiral upward toward the roofscape.

Reaching the sky with every platform and bridge, the interior spaces combined within the sculptural form enjoy access to striking views of the city beyond that combine light, geometry, and materiality. The singular design gesture combines expressive form and internal flows to propose a new typology for interior commercial space. It rethinks traditional perceptions of retail space and programs and functions that occupy it to create a new typology that is commercial, civic, and natural at the same time.


Project Location: Shenzhen, China

Project Area: 7300m2

Client: Centralcon Holdings



Chief Architects: Yichen Lu

Project Manager: Shiyu Guo

Project Team: Razvan Voroneanu,Zeynep Urgr,Yu Sun, Lingyun Yang, Zhenwei Zhong, Shucong Wang, Yoko Fujita

Architect of Record: CAPOL Design

Structural Consultant: HeZuo Structural Research Group

Curtain Wall Consultant: Studio Link-Arc +EFC Engineering

Interior Design: Studio Link-Arc

Landscape Design: Studio Link-Arc